Goa Forward Party (GFP) President Vijay Sardesai on Thursday said that his party will rethink on extending support to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha polls if mining issue in the state was not resolved soon.
Addressing a press conference at a hotel in the city, he said.” “If the BJP does not resume mining in Goa at the earliest, they will have trouble in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. I request them to resolve this crisis at the earliest.If they do not do it, we will rethink support to BJP in Lok Sabha election.”
“One would have thought that after the debacle in Karnataka, the BJP would have acted quickly to solve the mining issue, but no steps are being taken towards that end, despite the fact that the BJP is in power in Goa and at the Centre,” Sardesai, whose party is an alliance partner in the BJP-led government in the state, said.
The union government should issue an ordinance to resume mining in the state, he said, adding if the issue was not resolved then his party would be forced to come out of the coalition government.
Mining activities in the state have come to a grinding halt following a Supreme Court order cancelling 88 mining leases in the state in February this year and directing the state government to re-issue the licences.
Goa Forward Party (GFP) has three MLAs in the 40-member state assembly and all of them are ministers in the Manohar Parrikar-led government.